Because courses and grading standards vary so widely from school to school, standardized admissions tests help colleges compare the ability of students from different high schools. The College Board SAT Test and/or the American College Testing ACT assessment are required by most four-year colleges and universities as a part of the admission process for high school seniors. Most college-bound students should plan to take the SAT and/or ACT at the end of the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year if needed. Some programs like the military academies may require earlier testing. Students should check with their prospective colleges and programs to determine which tests to take and the deadline for submitting scores.
A growing number of colleges and specific majors at colleges are requiring prospective students to take the College Board SAT Subject Tests. These tests can include up to three one-hour subject area tests. The subject areas to be tested will vary according to the requirements of the particular college or major. Students should check with their prospective colleges to determine which subject area tests are required and the deadline for submitting scores.
It is advised that students prepare for taking the SAT or ACT! Free test prep services (including study tips) can be found online:
SAT I and II Registration: Register online at www.collegeboard.com. Use Wheatland High School code 053750.
ACT registration: Register online at www.actstudent.org. Use Wheatland High School code 053750
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